Bulldogs beat Centralia, fall to Hallsville in district play

By Nathan Lilley, General Manager
Posted 10/16/21

A loss at the hands of Centralia was avenged as the No. 5 Mexico Bulldogs defeated No. 4 Centralia 14-9 Tuesday in district play, keyed by a six-run first inning.

Karlee Sefrit and Riley Thurman …

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Bulldogs beat Centralia, fall to Hallsville in district play

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A loss at the hands of Centralia was avenged as the No. 5 Mexico Bulldogs defeated No. 4 Centralia 14-9 Tuesday in district play, keyed by a six-run first inning.

Karlee Sefrit and Riley Thurman led the Bulldogs with three hits each. Ruby Haefling drove in four runs. The Bulldogs outhit Centralia 15-11. Ruby Haefling and Jordyn Thurman delivered the big blasts in the game, with each hitting a home run.

Jordyn Thurman threw seven innings, striking out six.

With the victory, the Bulldogs advanced to play Hallsville Wednesday in Mexico. And they drew first blood, coming out loose and capitalizing on a lead-off walk en route to a three-run inning. 

Hallsville - the district’s No. 1 seed - got on the board in the bottom half of the inning, but their rally was cut short as Thurman gunned out Hallsville’s Avery Oetting at the plate. At the end of the first, the Bulldogs were up 3-1.

Hallsville poured on six runs in the second inning and didn’t look back, holding the Bulldogs to a five-hit game.

Abby Bellamy was 3-for-4 at the plate, with Lexie Willer going 2-for-3. Each of them connected for a home run.

Thurman threw six innings and struck out three.

Coach Kendra Murphy says her team’s goal through the season has been to score 10 runs - or more. When that happened throughout the season, the result was typically a win. Murphy credits the girls for their patience at the plate versus Centralia, adding that’s been a priority as well.

“We’re not going to swing. We’re not going to chase, unless the umpire makes us,” she said.

An earlier season loss to Centralia also provided ample motivation.

“We had a point to make,” Murphy said.

And despite the loss, the Bulldogs appeared evenly matched with No. 1 Hallsville. That’s an assessment Murphy agrees with.

“Had we made the plays we were supposed to have made, we would have won that game,” she said.

The contest marks the final game for seniors Taylor DeMint, Madeline Williams, Ruby Haefling and Riley Thurman. 

“Taylor and Riley were a huge part of our offense this year,” Murphy said. 

Riley Thurman slid into the lead-off role and made things happen.

“She embraced that role,” Murphy added. “More times than not, she got on in the first inning.”

That can be said for the Hallsville game as she drew a lead-off walk.

DeMint “made an impact in our batting order,” Murphy added.

“They all played key roles,” she said.

Four Bulldogs - Jordyn Thurman, Riley Thurman, Abby Bellamy and Kierstan Epperson - were recently announced All-Conference. All-District will be selected next week.

Mexico closes out the season with a 11-10 record.

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